River North might just be the nightlife capital of Chicago. However, this neighborhood has much more to offer than just bars. You could easily spend an entire day here dining, shopping and enjoying the city. Keep reading for your guide to a day in River North that won’t break the bank.


Recalling that River North is Chicago’s nightlife neighborhood of choice, there are so many places to choose from that it’s hard to narrow down this list. It’s really best to just take a walk down Hubbard Street and wander into a few places, but here are some wallet-friendly choices:

Three Dots and a Dash (425 N. Clark Street) is a neighborhood favorite. With cocktails that usually cost about $14 each, it’s certainly not the cheapest option, but it’s still worth visiting to complete your day in River North. For that price, you get a fun tiki cocktail, enough liquor to get you pretty buzzed and a fun atmosphere (especially during Chicago’s bitter winters).